Pirates pull off late rally for win
PABLO – The Polson Pirates were on a two-game winning streak when they began Saturday’s home game at the Salish Kootenai College on Saturday. The Lady Pirates were searching for their first win on the season against the visiting Libby Loggers in Northwest A league basketball action.
The Lady Pirates were outscored 40-29 to fall 0-17 on the season. On the flip side, the Pirates rallied late in the fourth quarter to topple the Loggers 42-38, winning their third game in a row and improving their overall season record to 11-6.
In the opening game, the Polson girls came out sluggish in the first quarter and a bevy of missed shots and turnovers led to an 11-4 deficit. The Lady Pirates clamped down on defense and only allowed eight points in the second quarter with the Lady Loggers leading 19-12 at halftime.
After Polson fell behind by 7 points, the Lady Pirates never managed to bridge the gap as the Lady Loggers maintained their lead through the third and fourth quarters to finish the game with the 11-point win. Sophomore Jazlyn Dalbey fueled the Lady Pirates’ offense by scoring four 3-point shots for a team-high 12 points.
In the first half of the boy’s game, the action was a very close with both teams playing balanced basketball by swapping points and lead changes. The first quarter ended in a nine-point lock. The second quarter concluded in an exciting fashion with Polson senior guard Ryker Wenderoth laying it up for two points as time expired, and the action sent the Pirates into the half with a 18-16 lead over the Loggers.
After being outscored 13-4 in the third quarter, the Pirates found themselves trailing the Loggers 29-22 to start the fourth quarter.
By the fourth quarter, the Pirates had regained their composure to put together a 20-point fourth quarter, while bearing down defensively holding the Loggers to only nine points. Down 38-37, Colton Graham slipped past the Logger defense and scored a basket to give the Pirates a 39-38 lead with just 12.6 seconds remaining in the game. On the ensuing Logger’s inbound pass, freshman Jarrett Wilson stole the pass and raced to the hoop for a score as time expired giving the Pirates the 42-38 home victory.
Wilson paced the Pirates with 10 points, nine of which came in the fourth quarter along with four steals.
Both the Pirates and Lady Pirates will close out the regular season next Saturday as they host the Browning boys and girls squads in a final Northwest A matchup.